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Mirror Trees

MacWilliam, Shirley (2008) Mirror Trees. Bluestone Mental Health Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital, Northern Ireland [Artefact]

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A permanent public artwork commissioned by Craigavon and Banbridge HSS, located in the courtyard of the new Bluestone Mental Health Unit in Craigavon Area Hospital. Architects: Hall Black Douglas.The work was made in response to the site and the overall design of the Unit. The process involved working with mental health patients, staff and the architects.The sculpture is eight 'lollipop trees' - stainless steel housed pairs of large convex mirrors on trunks, with stainless steel plates at the base and one distant mirror set into the ground like a pool reflecting the sky. The mirror trees were etched with designs and texts. The designs play on the plan shape of the overall unit. The texts refer to sounds and places heard or remembered in the hospital. Sunlight reflects from both the mirrors and the base plates and casts large shadows and reflections of the texts and mirrors into the building through the glass walls and across the courtyard outside.The etching was undertaken by Glasscraft Europe and involved developing new methods to accurately translate onto the surfaces of the mirrors.

Item Type:Artefact
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Art
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Creative Ecologies
Art and Design Research Institute
Location:Bluestone Mental Health Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital, Northern Ireland
Location:Bluestone Mental Health Unit, Craigavon Area Hospital, Northern Ireland
Date:2008
ID Code:25111
Deposited By: Ms Shirley MacWilliam
Deposited On:13 Mar 2013 12:42
Last Modified:19 Apr 2013 11:07

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